United States District Court
NOTICE: NEW $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit or proceeding in District Court effective May 1, 2013 (NOTE: Does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 USC § 1915).
The Judicial Conference of the United States has amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule to increase the PACER Internet access fee from eight cents per page to ten cents per page, effective April 1, 2012, and to raise the waiver from $10 to $15 in a quarterly billing cycle. The 30 page cap on reports and case-related documents (excluding transcripts) will remain in effect for a maximum charge of $3.00.
Effective January 1, 2012, a litigant may order a realtime unedited transcript transmitted via a realtime feed in the courtroom without the requirement to order a certified transcript of the same proceeding. Litigants may order a certified transcript, but they are not required to do so.
As you are aware, in late June 2011 the United States Sentencing Commission voted to give retroactive effect to Amendment 750, a proposed amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines that implements the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. This amendment reduces the sentencing guideline ranges for certain federal crack cocaine offenders. Retroactivity of Amendment 750 will become effective on November 1, 2011, which is also the effective date of the amendment itself, unless Congress acts to disapprove it.
It is expected that a substantial number of offenders previously sentenced in the Southern District of Alabama will be eligible for sentence reduction pursuant to retroactive application of Amendment 750. In anticipation of the November 1 effective date, a number of questions have arisen among practitioners as to how Amendment 750 will be implemented locally. The judges of this District Court, in consultation with the Clerk of Court and the United States Probation Office, have developed a protocol for processing Amendment 750 resentencing issues in an efficient, comprehensive and fair manner. The salient components of that protocol (presented in Q&A format) are set forth below.
Checks submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama will be converted into an electronic funds transfer (EFT). This means we will copy your check and use the account information on it to electronically debit your account for the amount of the check. [more]
As of June 1, 2010, Clerk's Office policy for issuing Civil Summons has changed. Once the Clerk's Office has issued the Summons and posted it in the CM/ECF system all Civil Summons are immediately available. The Summons must be printed by the serving party for service. It is no longer necessary for the Clerk's Office to apply the raised seal and mail summons to counsel.
The revisions to the Federal Rules effective December 1, 2009, govern and supersede deadlines established by the content of the Local Rules for the Southern District of Alabama. The court is in the process of amending our local rules so there is no conflict, however until the amendments are in place, the Federal Rules will govern time computations.
The Court's CM/ECF system will be upgraded today, November 23rd, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Please review changes here. You may call (251)690-2371 if you need assistance.
Effective September 1, 2009, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama will require re-admission to the Bar every five years. Members whose admission date is greater than five years shall electronically submit to the Clerk certification respecting their eligibility to remain as members of the bar in good standing, together with the renewal fee prescribed by the court ($50.00). Beginning September 1, 2009, the court will send email to those attorneys requiring re-admission. The re-admission process will consist of logging into the court’s CM/ECF system and using the Attorney Re-admission event to e-file certification. This will be a text only entry, no document will be associated. Payment will be made online by credit card during the event. Attorney’s failing to submit certification and renewal fee within 60 days from the date email is received shall cease to be members in good standing until such certification and renewal fee is submitted.
Effective September 1, 2009, the fee for general admission to the Bar will be $200.00. Pro hac vice admission will be $50.00.
Charles R. Diard, Jr.,
Clerk, United States District Court
Pursuant to Judicial Conference Policy the Southern District of Alabama has adopted a new Transcript Redaction Policy, revised 8/1/08 to allow 21 days for filing a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction with the Clerk of Court.
In compliance with the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the EGovernment Act of 2002 (PL 107-347), parties should refrain from including, or must redact where inclusion is necessary, all Social Security numbers, names of minor children, dates of birth and financial account numbers. E-filers must use extra care to make sure that the PDF documents to be submitted to ECF are fully and completely free of any hidden data which may contain redacted information. A common error in redacting information is to use the wrong method to redact the electronic file. Read more about Redaction of Information.
The Court has adopted a schedule of maximum transcript fee rates subject to the maximum rates established by the Judicial conference, effective October 1, 2007. This General Order is located on our website here: View Order.
The national Civil Subpoena form, AO-88, has been updated to reflect the "electronic discovery" amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that took effect on December 1, 2006. The new Civil Subpoena form is available here.
CM/ECF Version 3.0 is now available. Several new features have been included. Please review these PDF slides for highlights.
The President signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on February 8, 2006. The Act included the provision to raise a number of fees including the District Court filing fee from $250 to $350. Additionally, the fees associated with filing a Notice of Appeal to the Court of Appeals will increase from $255 to $455. The new fees are effective 60 days from enactment, which would be Sunday, April 9th.
Standing Order 31, which addresses electronic devices in the courthouse, was adopted by the Court on January 3, 2006, and is available at the link below.
Standing Order 31
Judge Kristi K. DuBose was sworn in on December 29, 2005, as the newest United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, replacing Senior United States District Judge Charles R. Butler, Jr., who has now taken senior status.
This court will never contact you by phone to request personal information. If you receive a call from someone requesting personal information and claiming to be an officer of this court please contact the clerk's office immediately.
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The Court is experiencing difficulty with its Sprint long distance phone service due to an outage caused by Hurricane Katrina. If you are attempting to call the Court and Sprint is your long distance provider, you probably will not be able to complete your call. If this is the case, you may try another long distance provider, try calling our backup number (251)434-4297, or email the Court using the link below. We are checking this email account often and will reply to you quickly. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this service outage. E-mail the court using the form on this page.
Welcome to the new website for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. We've tried to lay this out better than our old one so that things will be in more logical places. If a document is new you'll see a notice on this page. If we have an attorney notice you'll see it here. If Jurors need information we now have a Jury tab. If you want information on our courtroom technology look in the Court Info tab. This site is also now printer-friendly so you can print out any page without unsightly links showing up. These are just a few of the new features, so look around!
Please note that Magistrate Judge Kristi D. Lee reassumed her family surname and that all future correspondence and filings should be addressed to Magistrate Judge Kristi K. DuBose.
On December 8, 2004, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 was signed into law. The Act increased the filing fee for civil actions prescribed by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) from $150 to $250. This change in the civil filing fee will become effective February 7, 2005.
Please be informed that documents filed in criminal cases in this court are now available to the public electronically.
You shall not include sensitive information in any document filed with the court. You must remember that any personal information not otherwise protected will be made available over the Internet via WebPACER. The following personal data identifiers must be partially redacted from the document whether it is filed traditionally or electronically: Social Security numbers to the last four digits; financial account numbers to the last four digits; names of minor children to the initials; dates of birth to the year; and home addresses to the city and state.
In compliance with the E-Government Act of 2002, a party wishing to file a document containing the personal data identifiers specified above may file an unredacted document under seal. This document shall be retained by the court as part of the record. The court may, however, also require the party to file a redacted copy for the public file.
Because filings will be remotely, electronically available and may contain information implicating not only privacy but also personal security concerns, exercise caution when filing a document that contains any of the following information and consider accompanying any such filing with a motion to seal. Until the court has ruled on any motion to seal, no document that is the subject of a motion to seal, nor the motion itself or any response thereto, will be available electronically or in paper form.
Counsel is strongly urged to share this notice with all clients so that an informed decision about the inclusion of certain materials may be made. If a redacted document is filed, it is the sole responsibility of counsel and the parties to be sure that all documents and pleadings comply with the rules of this court requiring redaction of personal data identifiers. The clerk will not review filings for redaction.
Amended to Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, and Verifying Pleadings and Documents by Electronic Means. The active Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama have entered a revised Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, and Verifying Pleadings and Documents by Electronic Means, to be effective September 1, 2004. The revised Procedure may be downloaded from the "Documents" or "CM/ECF" section of our website.
Amended Order In Re Assignment of Civil Cases to United States Magistrate Judges. The active Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama have entered a revised Standing Order Number 24, to be effective August 26, 2004. The revised Standing Order, along with a new Standing Order index, may be downloaded from the "Documents" section of our website.
Effective September 1, 2004 counsel must file all documents electronically through CM/ECF. Additionally, all counsel must register for electronic service of documents. Please see the CM/ECF section of our website to register. Click here for Entire Notice.
Amended Order Adopting Guidelines for the Deposit of Registry Funds. The active Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama have entered a revised Standing Order Number 9, to be effective April 27, 2004. The revised Standing Order, along with a new Standing Order index, may be downloaded from the "Documents" section of our website.
Implementation of Sentencing Procedures Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. The active Judges of the Federal Court have entered a revised Standing Order Number 5, to be effective January 1, 2004. The revised Standing Order, along with a new Standing Order index, may be downloaded from the "Documents" section of our website.
The Court is participating in a pilot project regarding the electronic availability of transcripts. The pilot project will apply to all transcripts of civil or criminal proceedings ordered on or after June 15, 2004. Please download the following document for further details.
Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) is the new automated case management and electronic docketing system for the Southern District of Alabama. CM/ECF provides a new, easy-to-use electronic case filing feature that will make life easier for you by allowing you to file and view court documents over the Internet. Please click on CM/ECF on the left side of this page for further details or click here for online registration.